The tablet market didn’t need yet another Android-running iPad mini lookalike, but the Nokia N1 is quite special.
N1’s aggressive price point is mind-boggling, and we just hope Nokia will be able to handle demand worldwide when putting the thing up for grabs.
Right now, what’s left of the Finnish company post-Microsoft transactions is only ready to share a few vague European and Asian availability details. Namely, we know the N1 will hit China in February 2015 for around $250, and select old continent states, Russia included, by next spring.
The 7.9 incher rocks a “one-piece” aluminum body, and somehow squeezes some of the highest-end components around into a package measuring 6.9 mm in thickness and tipping the scales at 318 grams.
Yes, that’s both lighter and slimmer than the 331-gram, 7.5 mm iPad mini 3. And the cutting-edge internals include a 64-bit 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield processor. Which you’ll be able to use at full 64-bit capacity with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed.
A neat software tidbit is the on-board OS is mostly untainted, save for Z Launcher customizations. Z Launcher, mind you, is the very reason this tablet exists, and why Nokia wants to keep building Android gear. They want to push the “super simple, easy to use, elegant”, custom-made UI to as many mobile consumers as possible.
The slate’s display sports a Retina-mimicking 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution, you get 2 gigs of RAM under the hood, 32 GB internal storage space, dual 8 MP/5 MP cameras, stereo speakers and a spacious 5,300 mAh battery.